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Andean Coast

Transit the legendary Panama Canal, learn about Peru's ancient civilisations and explore Chile's colourful colonial towns on this superb South America expedition cruise with hotel stay in San Jose

Expedition Holiday
Chan Chan ruins
La Serena
Panama Canal
San Jose mountains
Tortuguero Canals

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Cruise from the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, through the Panama Canal and along the scenic western coast of South America to Valparaiso, Chile. Explore the contrasts of modern cities and ancient civilisations, and enjoy relaxing days at sea including crossing the Equator which is celebrated with a visit from King Neptune.

From Costa Rica sail south to Panama´s beautiful Bocas del Toro before entering the Panama Canal to maneuver through a series of locks and artificial canals interconnecting natural lakes.

Explore some of colourful Guayaquil’s historic sites in Ecuador then cruise to Peru where there are amazing opportunities for wildlife watching and learning about its ancient civilisations including Chan Chan and the Nazca Lines. In Chile there are colourful colonial towns to explore and the chance to uncover the ancient Diaguita culture.

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Andean Coast Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose (Costa Rica)

Enjoy an overnight stay in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Take the opportunity to stroll through the neo-classical streets of this unique Central American city.

Day 2 - San Jose - Puerto Limon

Tour the canals of Tortuguero National Park then embark ship in Puerto Limon, one of the oldest cities in South America.

Day 3 - Bocas del Toro (Panama)

Bocas del Toro is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth and is often called the Galapagos of the Caribbean. It is an archipelago made up of islands, cays, islets and sandy beaches.

Day 4 - Panama Canal

Enter the Panama Canal near Colon and enjoy a thrilling transit of the intricate locks system as the ship is lifted more than 26 metres above sea level.

Days 5-6 - Crossing the Equator

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea. Enjoy a baptism at sea whilst crossing the equator.

Day 7 - Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Guayaquil was founded in 1538 and today it boasts a historic centre, colonial mansions and a large artisan market.

Day 8 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 9 - Salaverry (Peru)

This fascinating town is the gateway to ancient Chimu kingdom including the city of Chan Chan which can be visited on an optional excursion.

Day 10 - Callao

The seaside city of Callao is located just 15km from Lima, the capital of Peru, home to the historic Plaza de Armas where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535.

Day 11 - Paracas

Paracas is the gateway to colonial Pisco and its mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs which were carved into the ground between 500BC and 500AD.

Day 12 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - Arica (Chile)

Spend a full day in Arica where there is the chance to explore the city, walk up to El Morro cliff for spectacular views, discover the beaches or see some of the world's oldest known mummies.

Days 14-15 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 16 - La Serena

Discover the seaside town of La Serena, home to colourful gardens, beautiful churches and an Archaeological Museum which tells the story of the ancient Diaguita culture that thrived here before the Incan conquest.

Day 17 - Valparaíso

Disembark ship in Valparaiso.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 15-night full board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San Jose including breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to ship
  • Lunch and excursion in San Jose
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • A La Carte restaurant (for suite guests only)
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • English speaking Expedition Team on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities (at guests' discretion)

Please contact us for the latest dates and prices

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